OHIO WESLEYAN SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Ten U.S. Colleges and Universities to Build Academic Partnerships with Institutions in India
Delaware, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has been selected as one of 10 U.S. colleges and universities to take part in a new international initiative to increase the number of academic partnerships among higher education institutions in the United States and India.
Participants in the new International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) were announced today by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization that works to create study and training programs for students, educators, and professionals worldwide. The Institute’s programs include the prestigious Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships, administered for the U.S. Department of State.
“Ohio Wesleyan’s selection for this important initiative affirms our leadership in undergraduate global education,” said Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “These types of international programs and partnerships are vital to our mission of preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.”
More than 75 institutions were nominated for the new program’s 10 openings, stated Allan Goodman, president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education, in a letter of congratulations to Ohio Wesleyan.
“Our distinguished IAPP Advisory board was truly impressed with your campus’ commitment to international education,” Goodman stated. “Your application stood out for its demonstrated support from both administration and faculty, commitment to increasing internationalization on your campus, and stalwart desire to foster a partnership with an Indian institution.”
In addition to Ohio Wesleyan, other IAPP participants are California State University (San Bernardino), College of William and Mary, Florida Atlantic University, Oakland Community College, Spelman College, St. Cloud State University, University of Tulsa, University of South Carolina, and Winston Salem State University.
Darrell Albon, Ohio Wesleyan’s director of international and off campus programs, will serve as the university’s representative for the new program. This year, each member of the IAPP will work to develop outreach strategies with institutions in India, culminating with a study tour to the South Asian republic in the fall.
“I am honored to be part of this initiative,” Albon said. “Ohio Wesleyan University is committed to providing a globally-focused education for our students, and we welcome the opportunity to strengthen ties with higher education institutions in India and enhance learning opportunities for students in both countries.”
Ohio Wesleyan already attracts a significant number of students from India and has international ties with colleges and universities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and South America through OWU-sponsored, affiliated, and approved programs.
New Sagan Fellows courses and theory-to-practice grants also provide Ohio Wesleyan students with hands-on opportunities to link classroom learning with global practice to prepare them to become international leaders. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s international and off-campus programs at http://iocp.owu.edu/index.html.
Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 22 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.